Simpson Secret – La Rocca Italy, Tuscany

This majestic 17th-century villa overlooks Cetona, a beautifully preserved medieval town roughly half way between Florence and Rome. The house sits in two acres of stunning formal gardens filled with amphora-lined paths, stately cypress trees and rose bushes. The elevated position makes for exceptionally fine views over Cetona and the surrounding landscape.

The villa as it stands today is centred around an imposing stone tower, adding a further fairy-tale quality to this wonderfully romantic spot. The interiors are opulently ornate, in keeping with the heritage of the villa, filled with antique furniture, sumptuous fabrics and even a grand piano. Nestled discreetly in the garden is a private swimming pool, built from reclaimed stone from an ancient Roman bridge and surrounded by decorative fountains.

It’s fair to say that the concept of self-catering would have been quite alien to the original occupants of La Rocca, and whilst the house is fully equipped with a modern kitchen, you can also benefit from a selection of additional services tailored to your own requirements. From cooking and shopping to full catering for dinner parties, family celebrations or a wedding, the experienced staff will ensure your event is as relaxing for you as it is spectacular for your guests. The estate provides a small car and driver, who will transport your luggage through the narrow streets of Cetona while you walk the last hundred metres or so to the villa and get your first taste of the pretty old town that you are bound to want to come back to and explore.

Like most of Italy, the area is well served by gourmet restaurants, with a good choice in Cetona itself. Must-see towns such as San Gimignano, Siena, Montepulciano and Orvieto are within comfortable driving distance for a day out.

 

Accommodation:
  • 7 bedroom villa (sleeps 14)
Ground floor:
  • Hallway
  • Library and drawing room with grand piano
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Roman style dining room with French doors leading onto terrace and garden
  • Guest bathroom
First floor:
  • 2 double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Second floor:
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Study with Satellite TV, leads up to tower for panoramic views of Cetona (can be closed off for child safety)
Pool house:
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Living room
  • Bathroom
  • Sauna
  • Function room (former vault) on lower ground floor  which may be used a function room
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
General:
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms (from 2017)
  • TV (Satellite with English channels)
  • Set in 2 acres of manicured gardens
  • Gazebo
  • Private swimming pool 12m x 4m
  • We recommend the supervision of young children due to large steps and drops around the house and garden
Your villa includes:
  • Simpson Exclusive concierge service in the UK and overseas
  • Airport and/or villa meet and greet
  • 24/7 support on holiday from Simpson Exclusive
  • A welcome buffet is included, courtesy of the owner
  • Daily breakfast service (cost of ingredients extra)
  • Daily housekeeping (3 hours per day)
  • Mid-week linen change
  • Pool towels

The villa occupies a dominating position above the delightful small village of Cetona and is accessed by walking through narrow alleys from the main square. This is one of the loveliest and best known hamlets in the entire region, surrounded by beautiful Tuscan countryside and overlooking the Chiana.

Nearby sites of particular interest are the convent of San Francesco, the Belvedere grotto, and Etruscan Necropolis, and the civic museum in Cetona.

From here it is easy to visit wonderful towns such as Chuisi, Chianciano, San Gimignano, San Casciano, Siena, Montepulciano or Orvieto.

This area is famous for many Tuscan gourmet restaurants.

 

This Simpson Secret is booked on an accommodation-only basis, but for an administration fee of £25 per person we would be delighted to book return flights.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airport in Tuscany to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Florence 141km

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Saturday All season
London City Air France Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season

 

 

Simpson Exclusive villas include the additional benefit of our Concierge Service. This complimentary service is designed to make your holiday experience as relaxing, seamless and rewarding as possible, drawing on our local knowledge and contacts to respond to your personal requests and make further suggestions that you may not have considered, but as a minimum we offer a pre-booking service for:
  • UK airport hotels and parking
  • UK airport lounge access
  • Private chef service
  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • In-villa massage and beauty treatments
  • Private jets

Once at your destination, our local concierge will be at your disposal for any further assistance or advice.

 

  7 May 14 May 21 May 28 May
Simpson Secret – La Rocca 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  4 June 11 June 18 June 25 June
Simpson Secret – La Rocca 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 July
Simpson Secret – La Rocca 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 August 13 August 20 August 27 August
Simpson Secret – La Rocca 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 September 10 September 17 September 24 September
Simpson Secret – La Rocca 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 October 8 October 15 October 22 October 29 October
Simpson Secret – La Rocca 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.